A: The event starts on Wednesday, September 21st, 15:30 and concludes on Friday, September 23rd, 13:30.
The Hansen House, Center of Design, Media and Technology, Gedalyahu Alon St. 14, Jerusalem.
A: A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers, graphic designers and others collaborate intensively on software projects. DataHack is specifically focued around data-driven projects.
A: No, participating in DataHack is completely free. We'll also supply you with food and a place to rest.
A: After registering you'll be able to log into our team creation platform, and examine open teams.
You can also join our Facebook group to find partners or simply a team to join!
A: Definitely. After registering, you can either join a team through our registration system, dedicated Facebook group or even find partners during our preparation event or the hackathon itself, or simply work on a solo project.
A: A laptop and a charger. It’s also a good idea to bring a sleeping bag/blanket/pillow. We will take care of the rest.
A: We want participants with different skill levels at DataHack! Some of our participants last year were undergrads with no experience at all, and we intend to have some this year as well. Mentors will be available onsite to help you tackle the challenges you are facing. This is a great opportunity to learn and sharpen your skills!
A: We hosted many highly experienced individuals as participants in DataHack 2015, including faculty members from computer science and statistics and industry professionals with years of experience. There is no such thing as too experienced for a hackathon. :)
A: We will provide you with mattresses; you'll bring the sleeping bags. It will be like a giant nerdy slumber party!
A: Ludicrous amounts of food will be provided, free of charge, throughout the event! And it will all have Rabbanut-issued Kashrut certificate.
A: While the main sleeping hall will probably be shared, we will make smaller rooms available for those uncomfortable with it.
A: Yes. There is no minimum size (so one-person teams are allowed), but the maximum team size is 5.
A: Judges will be a panel that includes academics, designers and developers. We are currently in the process of determining judges. An official notice will be given at a later date.
A: All teams will get to present their project to a team of first round judges. A small number of teams - those scoring the highest at the first round - will then get to pitch their projects in our closing event, in front of a small panel of our finals judges - and all other attendants - which will select the three winning teams.
A: Generally, projects will be judged by level of innovation - especially in the use and processing of data, technical complexity and level of completeness. For product-aimed projects, product-realted aspects (such as design, UI, market fit and even a sketch for a viable business model) will also be considered.
A: Yes. While you can't work on a separate project for the main competition, you may present you challenge project both before the challenge panel and before the main competition panel.